Sunday, 22 July 2012

A pre-Olympics trip to London

In one more week, the Olympic Games start in London. Dh had to go to a meeting in London yesterday, so ds and I thought we would join him on the train and have a pre-Olympics day out.

Here I am on the train with my knitting. One and a half hours of uninterrupted crafting time!


Pray excuse ds's face-pulling. He's nine; 'nuff said.

Olympic symbols welcomed us to St Pancras.


Ds and I headed off to the Museum of London. Ds was in his element looking at broken pottery, flint axe-heads, civil war weapons, and bits of metal melted in the Great Fire. We were there for three hours!

Then we caught the Docklands Light Railway to Greenwich Park, which is the venue for the Olympic equestrian events (we couldn't go right out to the Olympic park, as that is in Zone 3 and our travelcards covered only Zones 1 and 2). Olympic security had to be navigated at the National Maritime Museum; G4S didn't send enough staff so it was the army. I was rather glad my knitting was on circs at that point.

On our way back to the DLR, we passed the Cutty Sark:


She is the last surviving tea clipper, from the days when tea was imported to UK from India by fast sailing ship, now in dry dock in Greenwich. I last saw that when I was eleven.

We finished off with a posh dinner at the restaurant at St Pancras station.



What a lovely day! And now ds has seen one of the Olympic venues, he doesn't mind so much that we have no events tickets.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Summer salad

It is a very wet summer here, but the seasonal vegetable boxes are full of lovely seasonal things. This week, I also crocheted something to go in the box.


I'm very tempted by Hansi Singh's book of knitted amigurumi, which has an aubergine, a tomato and a garlic bulb in it. It also has a knitted pea pod, which would go with the crocheted one above. Trying to decide whether I can stand the level of craziness involved in making a whole basket of knitted vegetables!

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Wet weather activities

We had a downpour yesterday. Our garden was sodden:


My poor herbs are quite drowned. Hope they survive the experience.


Ds had a free day owing to teacher training, so we chose the Nottingham caves as a suitably indoor place for a visit. Here's ds wearing a hard hat:


There are some low ceilings but ds isn't very tall, so it was more fun to wear than essential for safety. At the caves, the live guides have been replaced by an audio tour which didn't really have the same fun factor.

After that we went for refreshments at The Walk cafe, and here again I had some disappointment, as it has changed hands and no longer offers the vintage styling and old-fashioned china teapots. However, ds loved his coke float:


And my tea cup had blue tits on it. I liked that


After that, we went to the bookshop and selected a few titles to take home. Ds has The DemiGod Files and a book about Tom Gates, and I have a copy of The Phantom Tollbooth, which I last read when I was twelve years old. We both agreed that this was the very best part of our day out.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Gooseberry pie

The first gooseberry crop is in! And also eaten:


Mmm. Delia's gooseberry and creme fraiche tart, made staggeringly easy by the use of frozen ready-made pastry.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Stashdown 2012 #6

This month, yarn movement has been in the right direction! I have used up 740 yards and bought no yarn at all, hurray. Also, out of the three new yarns I bought last month, one is pretty much used up, and the other two are on the needles now.

Here's a summary of what i used up in June:

  • 300 yards on sleeveless top that will be my Phoenix mission this term (Yarn purchase from last month)
  • Another 120 yards of Rowan alpaca finishing my bunny (Yarn purchase from last month, now only have scraps of it left)
  • 30 yards of Sirdar country style dk making boots for a bunny, and 200 yards of knit picks sock-weight yarns for clothes for said bunny.
  • 40 yards of Rico essential cotton making a watermelon coin purse. Yes, another, but slightly different in style to last year's versions.
  • 50 yards of leftover sock yarn making teeny-tiny owl puffs. Here's one of them:

I also cast on for another pair of socks using the third yarn purchase from last month, but to be honest I am not loving that project so far. It is uncertain as to whether they will be finished, but if not, I will be jettisoning that yarn as it's the yarn that is the problem, I think.

Next month I will finish the sleeveless top, and a knitted tea cozy as a minimum. And hopefully finish the socks. And I will not need to purchase any yarn.